Growing up the second youngest in a family of eight siblings I was exposed to an incredible array of musical styles. There were never fewer than three stereos playing at any given moment in our house. Downstairs you could hear the intriguingly androgynous David Bowie and his Spiders from Mars, while upstairs Seals and Kroft would be doing their post CSN thing on another stereo. A walk by my older brothers room would yield anything from Dave Edmunds, Elvis Costello, Linda Ronstadt (the roller girl years) to Queen ("News Of The World" !!!!). Finally the occasional fourth stereo held the most memorable music of all to me. That was the stereo my mom would use whenever she wasn't solving the everyday crisis' of her eight children. Mom played the most diverse music of all. One minute we'd be swinging to the classical beat of "Hooked On Classics" (classical music to a disco beat for those of you whom post date the "Eighties") The next minute we would be teary eyed as "Babs" Streisand delivered her "Star is Born" anthology. For dessert Kenny Rogers would perform his "everyone dance around the living room and make fun of Kenny Rogers " brand of "country pop"… Good times…
Paul the "Saxophonist" - I began my musical training at eight years old learning to play the E Flat Alto Saxophone in school. I stuck with it for almost 9 yrs. playing with various concert ensembles and jazz bands. Finally in 11th grade I decided to focus more on being "cool": Step 1 - quit concert band.
Paul the "Guitarist" - I was drawn to the guitar one day after hearing "Killer Queen" by Queen. The sound of Brian Mays guitar during the solo just blew me away! Coming from a musical household we happened to have an old nylon string acoustic around the house. I didn't know how to play guitar but I managed to teach myself the solo to "Killer Queen", although the sustain wasn't there. It wasn't until a few years later when I heard "Fight the Good Fight" by Triumph that I realized that I really wanted to play the guitar. Rik Emmett's guitar solo (and vocal for that matter) floored me. I bought my first Triumph album, picked up that old nylon string and I was off ! Being self-taught I picked up a lot of bad habits but I've managed to convince most that it's an expression thing. Anyway, does anyone really play in "The Pocket" !
Paul the "Song-writer" - I started writing songs (real songs) about eight years ago.
When I do write it comes quite easy to me…it's just the motivation that doesn't… oh well I guess Everyone's' got their own Burden. See how clever I am, the words in Italics are the title of the second song on The Underhills CD Dawn… I know, I know, it just comes to me.